Monday, February 21, 2011

SeaHume Granular

Another nice weekend to be in the Lowcountry! The gnats haven’t figured it out yet either! I took a walk through Hampton Park downtown and the Tulip Magnolias were just starting to show some color. I can remember, in warmer times, when they would be fully open in late January. I can also remember a hard frost in February nailing the blooms of the Tulip Magnolia into a black tuft at the end of the limb.

Dr. Tee Senn spent most of his adult life (he is 94 and still going to Clemson football games) after WWII studying seaweed and humates. He has traveled the world looking for the seaweed that contains the most naturally occurring major and minor nutrients, carbohydrates, amino acids and natural plant growth promoting substances (bio stimulants) which enhance crop yields, quality and vigor.

There are many types of seaweed floating around in the world’s oceans and the one that Dr. Senn determined to be the best was Ascophyllum nodosum (aka An, Cold Water Kelp). This species of kelp comes from the cold North Atlantic waters and is a natural storehouse for the minerals washing off the mountains in this pristine area.

These amino acids, carbohydrates, minor nutrients, major nutrients, and bio stimulants can really help your turf, flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables come out of dormancy in the spring. Now is a great time to apply Ascophyllum nodosum.

Humates are also mined throughout the world. Dr. Senn determined the best humates he could find were right here in Utah. The organic matter that was compressed over millions of years to form these natural deposits offered a higher quality humic acid product with more bio stimulant activity than other deposits throughout the world.

Humates do wonders for the soil (maybe next week’s Horticulture Hotline). A few highlights are reduces thatch, increases water holding capacity, makes soil more friable, increases aeration of soil, makes insoluble nutrients in the soil into forms available to plants, acts as organic catalyst, increase viability and germination of seeds, accelerates cell division and root development, contains a lot of micronutrients, and increases photosynthesis.

After I gave a talk at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the SC Nursery & Landscape Association on organics, I was approached by Dr. Senn’s son David. About a year later SeaHume was developed. SeaHume granular is a powerhouse of natural, organic, plant growth substances combined into one product (the best of the land and sea). We have a liquid SeaHume product as well; however, you would have to spray the liquid 675 times to get the equivalent amount of humic acid and 278 times to get the equivalent amount of Ascophyllum nodosum. I will write about the advantages of the liquid later.

Since introducing this product, we have heard many big time success stories. Give your trees, turf, shrubs, vegetables, and flowers a boost this spring with SeaHume!

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